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Stockholm Arlanda Airport installs weather simulator

 

Are you one of those people who just refuse to trust weather apps and assume the weather at the desired destination ’won’t be that bad’ - only to find that you were so very wrong? Well, Sweden’s got your problem solved.

 

From now until the end of August 2015, travelers can step into a shiny booth that uses live data around the planet to stimulate a variety of weather environments. That’s right, you can stick by your opinion on weather apps and get a live feel of the exact climate in your desired destination before even landing at it. 

 

The “climate portal”, located in the Stockholm Arlanda Airport, uses wind generators, temperature controllers and audio-visual cues to recreate the experience of stepping into hot, dry deserts, chilled icy plains or crowded cityscapes.

 

Enjoy a brand-new experience before your next trip. Welcome to the Climate Portal in Terminal 5.

 

Access to the booth is free and open for all.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2015 17:55

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Dubai Airport braces for busiest travel day

If you are planning to travel out from Dubai airport between Thursday, December 18 and Monday December 22, 2014, you should prepare for long lines and possible delays. December 19 2014 is expected to be the busiest day for travel at Dubai Airport.

 

The Dubai Airport authorities are advising passengers to leave home at least three hours before the departure of the flight. Try to reach the airport early and say goodbyes at home rather than having friends and family drop you off at the airport. Besides, it is best to check the airline's baggage allowance and pack accordingly. Re-packing at the check-in counter causes anxiety and delays.

 

Checking in online and using the e-gate card are also ways of ensuring that your trip goes smoothly.

 

Emirates Airlines is expecting 80,000 passengers will fly out from Dubai on December 19, 2014 on their 240 flights. Top destinations out of Dubai include London, Bangkok, Mumbai, Singapore, Paris and Karachi. If you are traveling as a tourist, be sure to download the Irhal app before you leave. The Irhal app has 90+ city guides including all the above cities - available for both iOS and Android phones.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:32

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The Airport Frustration Index?

If you are a frequent flyer you may have encountered several frustrating aspects of your airport experience. The first one is getting there. Many airports are far and expensive to get to - not counting the time it takes to get there. Once you are at an airport you may want to use their rest rooms and these can be irritatingly unclean.

 

Exorbitantly priced food outlets at airports are another worry. Airport security and departure delays all add to spoil the travel experience before it even begins.

 

The folks at Bloomberg Businessweek decided to compile an index of these frustrating aspects of travel to rate airports across the United States and Canada - unfortunately other international airports are not part of this study.

 

New York's three airports were among the top 5 most frustrating airports. New York Laguardia was No.1 followed by Newark, Chicago's O'Hare, Washington Dulles and JFK, New York.

 

The commute time was the worst for JFK airport in New York. Boston's Logan airport on the other hand has the best commute time. If you are at an airport and get the urge to go, try to avoid La Guardia which has the worst rest rooms - the best being in Tampa Florida.

 

The airport with the lowest Frustration Index - Vancouver International in Canada.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 03:38

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London Heathrow starts Ebola screening

The UK health authorities have started Ebola screening of passengers arriving at Heathrow airport. While there are no direct flights into Heathrow from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people, passengers who are coming from these countries will be subjected to strict screening.

 

Air France, Royal Air Maroc and Brussels Airlines are the only airlines that fly out of the three most affected countries.

 

A Heathrow spokesperson has issued the following staement about the procedure which has started today at Terminal 1 and will be extended to cover all terminals at Heathrow as well as Gatwick and the Eurostar train terminal, “The welfare of our passengers and colleagues is always our main priority and we are working with Government to support the implementation of targeted screening measures as announced by the Health Secretary today. We would like to reassure passengers that the Government assesses the risk of a traveller contracting Ebola to be low."

 

In an unrelated incident, five passengers arriving on October 13 on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to Boston Logan airport were taken to the hospital with flu like symptoms and the plane was inspected by US health inspectors.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 17:13

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Queen opens new Terminal 2 | Queen's Terminal at London Heathrow

Her Majesty the Queen of England inaugurated the new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 at London's Heathrow airport on Monday, June 23 2014. This is part of an £11 billion investment in the upgradation of one of the world's busiest airports. The new Terminal 2 has been renamed The Queen's Terminal and when fully functional will have the capacity to cater to over 30 million passengers every year.

 

The original Terminal 2 was Heathrow’s first passenger terminal. When it was opened in 1955, by Her Majesty The Queen, it was the most modern airport facility of its day with silver service restaurants, a cocktail lounge and a rooftop viewing gallery. In the years that followed the terminal witnessed the arrival of The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot. By the beginning of the 21st century Terminal 2 had outlived its intended purpose. Designed to welcome 1 million passengers, by the turn of the century it was straining under the weight of 8 million. The opening of Terminal 5 in March 2008 created the opportunity to demolish the old building and make way for a modern terminal to replace Terminals 1 and 2.



Terminal 2 successfully welcomed its first passengers on 4 June and is now home to United, Air Canada, ANA and Air China. Eventually it will be home to 26 airlines – 23 members of the Star Alliance as well as Aer Lingus, Germanwings and Virgin Atlantic Little Red. Airlines will move into the new terminal in phases over the next six months. When fully occupied, Terminal 2 will have 332 daily flights to 54 global destinations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:09

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Heathrow Airport opens gates to new Terminal 2

The gates of the sparkling new Heathrow Airport terminal will open this week, capping off an £11 billion investment over the last decade.

 

Terminal 2, or The Queen’s Terminal, will become home to 26 airlines, 23 of which are Star Alliance members, and can handle 20 million passengers.

 

When fully operational, the terminal will operate 332 daily flights to 54 global destinations. On Wednesday, flyers with United Airlines will be the first to christen the sparkly new halls of Heathrow Airport.

 

Here’s Terminal 2 by the numbers:

 

  • 40,000 square meters (or, four times the size of Buckingham Palace)
  • 26 airlines
  • 634 toilets
  • 1,340 parking spots
  • 118,000 individual pieces of equipment, from light fittings to escalators
  • 100,000 test bags that passed through the terminal
  • 33 shops
  • 17 restaurants
  • 20 million passenger capacity
  • 60 check-in desks
  • 66 self-serve check-in desks
  • 6 months of trials and training
  • 14,000 volunteers who helped put the airport through its paces
  • 1,700 familiarization training sessions
  • 7,106 seats
  • 1 personal shopping lounge

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 22:36

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